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Paul Auster

Paul Auster, Columbia High School graduate and internationally acclaimed contemporary American author, is to be awarded the 2nd annual Maplewood Literary Award on Saturday, March 28 at Maplewood Memorial Library’s Main Branch. The Library owns 18 of Auster’s books, the most recent being Report from the interior (2013), an examination of his inner life up until his early days as a writer, Winter Journal (2012), a taking-stock of his life up until his 64th year, and Sunset Park (2010), a novel of post-financial meltdown New York City.

By Ina



Posted by Barbara | 4 Mar 2015 | Comments Off

Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough, the distinguished Australian author of The Thorn Birds and some two dozen other novels, passed away on January 29 at the age of 77.  One of her obituaries has “gone viral” on the Internet, but not for the right reasons.  Read more in Alexandra Petri’s blog in the Washington Post’s Compost, “Obituaries for Men”.

Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 2 Feb 2015 | Comments Off


Powerful--More Powerful

“Cartoons…. are totems, which once unleashed are not merely uncontrollable themselves but can have uncontrollable and in this case deadly consequences for their creators.”

This was written in 2012 by Victor S. Navasky, in his book The art of controversy: political cartoons and their enduring power, owned by this library. He is recounting the assassination of Naji al-Ali, a Palestinian cartoonist, shot in the head and killed on a London street in 1987. The PLO and the Mossad – both lampooned by al-Ali – were suspected in the killing, but the crime was never solved.

Navasky documents the extraordinary power of the political cartoon with examples from respected artists Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, and Al Hirschfeld, to the grotesque, anti-Semitic caricatures featured in Der Stürmer, the Nazi weekly published from 1923 to 1945.

The assassination of 12 contributors to a satirical magazine in Paris on Monday can only be condemned. As shown by Navasky, they were not the first to die for their art, and their insolence.

Ina Rimpau


Posted by Barbara | 8 Jan 2015 | Comments Off

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